Amazing View of the Pacific from the Heart of Town.

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Mendocino Bay from the living room at high noon.


Last updated: 11/25/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Imagine your own private view of Mendocino Bay and the Pacific Ocean, sitting on the balcony or in the living room, watching the sun set....or rise. You can hear the waves hitting the cliffs below the house and see the whales at sea.

You are surrounded by the artwork of Bill and Jennie Zacha, founders of the Mendocino Art Center. Casa Zacha was their home, which Bill designed and built in 1964.
Artists Dorr Bothwell, Toshi Yoshida, Hilda Pertha, Fran Moyer, and Charles Stevenson, and many others gathered here on many evenings to share ideas, to celebrate and to plan. They sipped red wine, ate Spaghetti Carbonara and reaped inspiration for their next work of art.

There is no better view or location in the village than Casa Zacha. You are in town, at the West end of Main Street, yet in a very quiet area across from the Headlands State Park. You are steps to the best that Mendocino culture has to offer—great restaurants, galleries, the Mendocino Art Center, the Mendocino Theatre Company, Music Festival, & Film Festival.
Casa Zacha is most suited to sophisticated couples wanting a classic Mendocino experience. There are three private bedrooms. The master bedroom has a queen bed, magnificent view and is attached to two baths. A second bedroom has a twin and double bed, ocean view from it's private deck, and an shared bath (connected to one previously mentioned). A third bedroom has a full bed, small sink, and enormous library. The baths are as unique as the rest of the house. The shower room has two showers.

The kitchen is stocked with everything (spices, condiments) needed to create a gourmet meal and entertain friends.

One-of-a-kind antiques and original artworks throughout the house will delight the eye and excite the imagination.

Keywords: Casa Zacha is a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design, offering a peaceful and private retreat,
without any neighbors to bother you.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Children Welcome:

    Kids who understand behaving around balconies are welcome. Antiques and a open stairway can make this property stressful for parents of young children....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    service dogs considered...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    sorry, the house is entirely on the second floor....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    with fabulous ocean view...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    with an incredible art library...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    tv and vcr help entertain the kids...moreless

  • Queen Bedroom Has Full Ocean View and Private Bathroom with Shower, The East bedroom is furnished with both a double and a twin bed. This room has a balcony and an ocean view, a TV/DVD with cable, and shares a Bathroom with Shower with the Queen bedroom. The North bedroom has a brass double bed, ensuite sink, & a fantastic library. Futons (1) Actually a window seat in the Living Room, measuring 10' long by 28' wide. This is suitable for a child or shorter, narrower adults. The cushion is brand new and has 5 inches of foam...but you must bring a sleeping bag....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    the shower shares a tiled enclosure with another shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    shares enclosure with other shower. ...moreless

  • Although it seems strange to some people, two showers in one tiled area are quite normal. In 50 years of living in the house we have never had an issue with two people needing to shower at the same time. Usually they just take turns. Plus, we have only a 30 gallon water heater so it is better to space out the showers. We have hung a shower curtain for privacy between the showers. The Japanese soaking tub unfortunately has a leak and is temporarily out of commission....moreless

Other Amenities

  • As you arrive on the second floor you are embraced by the warmth of Casa Zacha, as there is an atrium in the center of the house which brings in light and heats the terracotta tile floors. Turning left you are awed by the vista of the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino Bay , spread out at your feet. Then you sit down to absorb it all and you never want to leave....moreless


  • Books:

    Bill and Jennie Zacha's collection of Art books,and lots of good reading....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    In dining room closet, plays on living room TV...moreless

  • Games:

    some board games...Scrabble, monopoly, cards, backgammon, Go, and a few puzzles...moreless

  • Music Library:

    eclectic once again...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    WI-FI wireless is on! Cable w/some movie channels....moreless

  • Stereo:

    in dining room closet, has IPOD dock, plays in living room...moreless

  • Television:

    Living room has 42' TV mounted so it can pivot into the Master bedroom. Second TV in east guestroom has vcr/dvd ...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    eclectic collection of DVD's and Videos. MendoVideos (rentals) is two blocks away....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Looking East while on the front balcony you see Big River State Beach and estuary. There is a lovely walk up Big River, on the old logging road. Great for bike riding and walking. ...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Technically Casa Zacha is is on Main street in the heart of Mendocino. ...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Facing south is a 200 degree view of the Pacific ocean and Mendocino Bay. There are walking trails throughout the Headlands State Park, which wraps around Mendocino on three sides....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Thought the house sits on Main Street the living space is all on the second floor, which guarantees you an unbroken panoramic view and privacy. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Across the street is open space for miles....moreless

  • Village:

    We are in the middle of Mendocino, within walking distance (1 to 5 blocks) of all town has to offer....moreless

  • Water View:

    lots of crashing waves and whitewater! Casa Zacha is situated across the street from the bluffs, which are 90 feet high there. Access to the beach is 1/2 block west of the house....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    custom made table by artist Fran Moyer. reminiscent of the Virgin of Guadelupe...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    God's air conditioning...the north wind! just open a window on the north side of the house....moreless

  • Computer Available:

    Wireless internet w/high speed DSL. bring your laptops. No limit (Netflix ok) to downloads...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    see photos...moreless

  • Garage:

    not full of stuff!...moreless

  • Heating:

    very nice gas furnace for a cold day...moreless

  • Internet:

    bring your laptop and have your own entertainment or office center....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    100% cotton sheets...moreless

  • Living Room:

    comfortable seating and an awesome view of the Pacific. Watch TV, or the fire, or the ocean!...moreless

  • Parking:

    the four car driveway is reserved for your exclusive use. there is plenty of on street parking also....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for 4 Vehicles, in driveway next to the house. Yours exclusively....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Please bring your cell phone. The house phone has no long distance and is for emergencies only....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    nice fluffy yellow towels...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WIFI is up and running. High speed DSL...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Floor to ceiling brick fireplace will warm you on even the foggiest of days....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Owner will happily provide names of local caterers and event planners....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    like I said...fully equipped....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    service for 8...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with gas stove is stocked with all the basic condiments and spices, and general ingredients. Have fun!...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven


  • Balcony:

    The 40 foot X 10 foot Balcony has an unparalelled vista of Mendocino Bay, Mendocino Headlands State Park and the Pacific ocean....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Rentals available at Catch a Canoe....moreless

  • Boat:

    Noyo Harbor is your spot! Fishing, diving, and eating!...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    views of Mendocino Bay, Big River Estuary, and the Headlands State Park from the East guest room...moreless

  • Golf:

    Little River Golf course is 9 holes of wind and a great restaurant!...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Catch a Canoe (1/2 mile away, under the Big River Bridge)...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Farberware grill in kitchen may be used either indoors or out. No outdoor charcoal or gas grill allowed....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Fort Bragg High School (7 miles) has free outdoor courts....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 11 traveler reviews
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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2015
4 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Christmas Holidays
Dec 18 - Jan 4, 2016
4 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,800 $6,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • housekeeping/cleaning $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 11%


Our cleaning fee is $100 for two guests, $125 three to four guests, $150 five to eight guests.

Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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Last updated: 11/25/2015
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175 Miles
Nearest Airport
200 Metres
Nearest Barpub
1 block up the street
130 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Sausalito-San Francisco
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Little River, CA
150 Miles
Nearest Train
Oakland, CA
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 1
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
many within 5 blocks
250 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lake Tahoe and Sierra Mountains
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
Mendocino Headlands State Park..across the street

Car: Not Necessary

The Mendocino Art Center offers year around classes in the fine arts, from Jewelry to plein air painting, an Artist in Residence program and a fine gallery.

We offer a discount on the rent for each guest who takes a class at the Art Center.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1962

About the owner: Raised in Mendocino, and in this house since I was eight, I am ready to share it with others. I spend half my time out of the area and am happy to give others the chance to enjoy this magnificent place.

Why the Owner Chose Mendocino:
This is the family home where I grew up. I lived here with my parents, Bill and Jennie Zacha, the artists who drew their friends to this town and created the artists’ community it has become. My parents first saw Mendocino in 1957. As described by Look Magazine in a 1962 article, “it was virtually a ghost town. Its population, completely dependent on a dying lumber industry, was dwindling. The town had lost interest in itself; there was absolutely nothing doing. How Bill Zacha revived it is indeed a miracle.” In Bill’s words, “Towns have souls and needs like other living things. People forget this. When I first saw Mendocino, I became excited. It had an unusual, almost unearthly quality about it - pure, quiet, unsullied - but it was dying. I knew I could help it, help it get back on its feet and make it a place where people would get a simple but profound satisfaction out of living.' After starting the Mendocino Art Center, my parents (and I) spent many years visiting and living in Italy and Japan. The influence of these countries is quite evident in the artwork throughout the house. My parents loved to entertain. While my life has taken me to Oregon now, where I spend most of my time, I want to share this home with those who appreciate its unique architecture, 60’s sophistication, and magnificent views.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The best benefit is that once you park the car everything is within a 5 block radius! And once inside the house you are in a private, peaceful sanctuary....with a view!

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Speaks: english, spanish, italian



  • Mendocino Bay from the living room at high noon.

    Mendocino Bay from the living room at high noon.

  • View from Master Bedroom

    View from Master Bedroom

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Living Room with 500 year-old Japanese Screen

    Living Room with 500 year-old Japanese Screen

  • View from Dining Room

    View from Dining Room

  • Twin and Double Bed Room

    Twin and Double Bed Room

  • Deck:  East View

    Deck: East View

  • View from Bedroom Deck

    View from Bedroom Deck

  • View from Deck

    View from Deck

  • View Upon Entering

    View Upon Entering

  • Sunroom


  • Kitchen


  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Third Bedroom

    Third Bedroom

  • Deck:  West View

    Deck: West View

  • Exit/Entry


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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Thursday, November 26, 2015

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